ERIC Number: ED288285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Influences on Strategies Adolescents Use To Cope with Their Own Recognized Talents.
Buescher, Thomas M.; And Others
The study concerning ways in which gifted and talented adolescents cope with their giftedness had three purposes: (1) to identify those strategies used by gifted adolescents to cope with the sense of feeling different from peers; (2) to examine any patterns of change in strategy use that might occur in various circumstances at particular ages; and (3) to determine what might influence the use of certain coping strategies among members of this group. Subjects (N=604 and ages 12-16) completed six instruments including the "Young Adolescent Coping Survey," the "Harter Self-Concept Scale," and the "High School Personality Questionnaire." Data analysis revealed strong effects for sex, age, and self-concept in the selection of coping strategies. The greatest sex differences in strategy choice occurred between the ages of 13 and 15. Gifted girls were more likely to minimize the importance of their talents, keep accomplishments less visible, and move away from equally capable peers as they got older. Statistical tables provide rankings of preferred strategies by age and sex. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987). Table 9 contains small print.